Personal productivity and the banana stand

Personal Productivity: Don’t Burn Down the Banana Stand

Personal productivity is the most important professional skill for the 21st century.  As we continue to rely more and more on knowledge work, your ability to produce results quickly, effectively, and independently has never been more valuable.  And it’s only increasing. So, personal productivity has never been as important as it is today, and will […]

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Are You an Almond or a Peanut? Two Ways to Become More Productive

Despite what some people seem to imply, there’s more than one way to become more productive.  There are actually two main approaches you can take to productivity. Both work equally well.  But it’s important to know which approach is best for you.  I call one the approach of an almond, and the other the approach […]

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The Productivity Equation: Consistency and Efficiency

Getting more high-value things done in less time often comes down to how well you can manage your consistency and efficiency.  It’s a pretty simple equation, but it can do wonders for your productivity. Related articles: Make Stretch Goals Without Pulling a Muscle; Do You Know Your Productive Personality?; What is Personal Productivity and Why […]

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A Rule for Productivity Tools

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly tempted to try new productivity tools. Whether it’s a new app or calendar, or an entirely new productivity “system,” there’s always some new flashy product trying to get my attention. And with the seemingly endless selection of productivity tools, how can you know where to start? While the […]

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When Productivity Doesn’t Work

There’s a dark side to productivity, and nobody’s talking about it. But we’ve all experienced it—when productivity doesn’t work. Most of the time we don’t want to acknowledge that it exists, and we think there’s something wrong with us when we feel it.  But this dark side is most certainly real, and you will experience […]

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Do You Know Your Productive Personality?

Productivity is not one-size-fits-all. We each have unique talents, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. In other words, we each have a unique productive personality. You have one that’s unique to you, and I have one that’s unique to me. This means that some of the strategies and tactics that work for someone else might not work […]

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How to Get 10X Better at Concentrating

Whether we like it or not, true productivity belongs to those who can concentrate. So, if you care about maximizing your productivity, you should care about getting better at concentrating.   A Concentration Lesson From a Text Message “It was crazy. She didn’t even mind all the blood.” That was a text I received from […]

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Are You Making the Biggest Productivity Mistake?

No matter what productivity tricks and hacks you use in your day-to-day, there is one productivity mistake that will completely destroy your progress. And, unfortunately, it’s quite common. In this article, I’ll reveal what this mistake is and how you can make sure you never make it. Related article: How to Make a Personal Development […]

Productivity is Like a Slide Puzzle

It can be easy to think that productivity is all about taking action—getting more stuff done in less time. And, while that’s certainly part of the equation, it isn’t the whole thing. Very often, being productive has more to do with strategy than action. And that’s why productivity is like a slide puzzle. Productivity Requires Action Now, […]


The Reason Why Your Productivity Stinks

Knowing that you’re productivity stinks is very frustrating. And there are probably a thousand different factors at play. But there’s one factor that’s more important than any of the others: control. When you maintain an internal locus of control, you are much more likely to be productive.  But when you give up that control to […]